Rose is beloved—by every one of her fellow members of the Katonda Mbera group in Tororo, Uganda and by all of the Give Us Wings volunteers who have had the privilege of meeting her over the past 15 years. Her kindness, generosity and gentleness radiate from her as easily as her sweet smile.
Courage comes from a place deep inside Rose. She knows it’s a matter of survival. Her very serious heart condition means that she must carry on with her daily tasks with little breath, but she never complains. On any given day Rose, a single mother caring for children and elders, can be found winnowing maize, milking her family’s cow, pounding nuts by hand, hauling water, and tending the garden. She does everything she possibly can to take care of her family.
One Give Us Wings volunteer recalls a moment with Rose during a Katonda Mbera group meeting a few years ago. After each member was given a couple of sweet “biscuits”. Rose immediately called to the small group of children who had been sitting with other kids under a nearby tree. Each of the women gave one of their biscuits to the children, and the children went quietly back to sit under their tree. Rather than eat the entire biscuit, each child immediately began to break the biscuits into small pieces so that each child got at least a tiny morsel. Rose was not surprised at their generosity. “They are our children and we know we are all hungry,” she said quietly.
Rose is so very grateful for the support Give Us Wings has shown her. She has eagerly participated in Give Us Wings-funded organic farming training, thus increasing the yields of healthy food in her garden to nourish her family. Give Us Wings has also helped her with hospital costs and gotten her to some better doctors who were able to lessen the impact of the heart condition. She is determined to keep learning and working.